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DeWine asked to take over criminal probe

Register • Mar 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The petition posted at the Justice for JAKE Facebook page has garnered more than 1,500 signatures in just a few days, according to a report from the social media site. 

The page also includes a post offering a $5,000 reward "to anyone who provides new information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot Jake." 

"To report such information, please call (419) 502-7223. Be advised that all phone calls will be strictly confidential. Your express written approval will be required to divulge any information given."

Some signers left their own posts about why they signed the petition, which was first posted March 21. 

"I'm appalled at the way (Sandusky County officials) have handled this from the start. I don't understand why they are doing this," a Huron woman posted. 

Another poster said the only way to get a conclusion in the 13-month criminal investigation is for DeWine to step in.

"No family should have to bare the burden that the ineptitude of the Sandusky County authorities have put this family through. It could have been quelled and should, by now, be over. A full investigation by AG DeWine's office is not only needed, but by all that is humanly just demanded."

Jacob Limberios, 19, was killed March 2, 2012, inside a Clyde home. Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer and deputies finished a criminal investigation within just hours after he was killed, concluding Jake shot himself in the head. County coroner John Wukie ruled the death a suicide but also stated that it might have been accidental. The coroner never went to the crime scene, nor did he order an autopsy.

Want to see petition?

What: Petition asking Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to conduct an independent investigation

Where: Justice for JAKE

Overmyer and deputies finished up quickly and determined Jake was responsible for his own death, and advised Wukie of that in a telephone call. The lead detective in the current investigation has stated in an email that witness statements provided by three individuals who were also inside the home are "inconsistent" and  contain "lies." 

Some evidence was not collected during Overmyer's initial investigation and blood-spattered evidence and clothing worn by witnesses was discarded.

The Justice for JAKE Facebook page was created by Brady Gasser, a friend of Jacob's and the Limberios family. He and Kayleigh Bowers, Jacob's girlfriend and mother of Jacob's 4-year-old daughter, are driving the social media effort to put pressure on county officials. Jacob's parents, Mike and Shannon, also have repeatedly asked county officials for answers without response or follow through from investigators.  

Dean Henry, a private attorney, was appointed last year as defense counsel for the county after the Limberios family filed a lawsuit hoping to force county officials to conduct a competent investigation of Jacob's death. Henry also was appointed the special prosecutor in the criminal investigation that is currently underway. 

Henry has refused say what he's currently investigating, however, and has not answered questions about the appearance of a conflict of interest in performing the dual roles as defense counsel and criminal investigator.

Henry also has refused to provide any updates to the Limberios family, and Sandusky County officials have refused to ask for an independent investigation.

DeWine previously stated the attorney general's office is prohibited from stepping in and providing an independent investigation unless it is asked to do so by local law enforcement officials. 


Click here for demand viewing of a "Between the Lines" interview with Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer and Dean Henry. Those interviews start at about the 20-minute mark in the video.

Click here to read past stories, opinions and blogs about the botched Limberios investigations.

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